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Dial M For Merde (Paul West #4)

3.48  ·  Rating Details  ·  845 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews

In the South of France, Paul West has a license to thrill.

He has just received an offer he can't refuse: two weeks in the sun, all expenses paid, with a beautiful blonde called Gloria Monday.

But it soon becomes obvious that M, as Gloria likes to be known, is not really interested in holidaying with Paul. She has bigger fish to fry.

Meanwhile Paul's best friend Elodi

Kindle Edition, 321 pages
Published (first published September 11th 2008)
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Jun 05, 2009 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
I enjoyed this book immensely, as I have enjoyed all of Stephen Clarke's "Merde" novels. This was definitely better than the last one though, which I had to make myself read at times. The wit and cleverness was ever present in this novel, where he daringly used the French President (who we know is Nicolas Sarkozy but obviously Stephen couldn't mention for fear of getting sued or worse hunted down by the French government) for laughs. I really hope he brings us more hilarity from Paul West, I'll ...more
Jun 15, 2009 Karena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: francophiles, chick lit lovers, people who read literary travel
Shelves: travel
A perfect summer read for us francophiles! I wasn't let down by the author in this installment of his Merde series, or his take on French culture. He is still a wry Brit with a taste for les femmes. Following him through southern France in the wake of his girlfriend is lovely with a hint of shaken, not stirred...and his girlfriend from a previous book is trying to get married into a gentille famille. Bonne Maman and her relatives are a riot!
Jul 15, 2010 Michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dissapointing compared to the other books in the Merde series. I felt that Stephen Clarke was a bit half hearted with this attempt. The book was humourous in places and an easy summer read but it lacked the comedy and believable storyline and characters of the other Merde books.
Norbert P
Apr 12, 2016 Norbert P rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With "Dial M for Merde" Stephen Clarke not only added another account to his list of linguistic pitfalls prepared for the France-traveling Englishman, but he also wrote a really funny thriller that develops into a real page turner. Again his friends of the first book, Elodie and Jake are with Paul, and while Elodie, the genuine french woman, unravels to him the almost invisible differences in the french language that turn a dealer into a traitor, Jake seems to loose the grip on his english more ...more
Jill Elizabeth
My review copy of Dial M for Merde was graciously provided by the good people at Open Road Media Marketing. Special thanks to Kayla Shaw at Open Road for reaching out and inviting me to review the book.

If you’re not familiar with the “Merde” books (A Year in the Merde, In the Merde for Love, Merde Happens), you really should be. They’re a very fun collection of quirky, goofy tales about the exploits of Paul West, a British ex-pat living in France. The books are a series of first-person narrative
Joelle Anthony
I thought this book was very funny. At first, it seemed a little slow like I didn't know what the point is, but then it just picked right up and I ended up really liking it. It seemed like a sequel, so I'll look for others (someone gave it to me).
Jan 12, 2015 Ward rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Humorous with elements of a travelogue to the south of France. I enjoyed reading the book and finished it quickly but I was slightly disappointed with the ending where the plot lost some of its energy. Nonetheless, a worthwhile read and fitting addition to the curious adventures of Paul West.
Nonethousand Oberrhein
”High Noon” in the “Midi”
Paul West gets back to France following the events narrated in Merde Happens , but this time he’s out of Paris. Follow him as he gets stuck in a “jamesbond-esque” adventure while trying to organize a marriage party catering in a villa not so far from Marseille; cringe as he finds himself in the only possible position to save le Président... A new change of setting from the two first Parisians novels and the third American one, as well as a new narration style that trans
Sep 22, 2014 Xanthi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as the previous Paul West books, but still a lot of fun. Don't look for depth or a believable plot here. What you get instead, is fun, laughs and general 'out there' action.
Jul 11, 2014 Hrvoje rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since I have been a big fan of Merde series, I jumped right in this book. I loved it immensely since it involves characters that I have grown to love. However, saying that, this book is not the strongest one in the series. Some parts were a bit stretched and bit harder to pull through than usual, and the whole feeling was that this instalment was a bit rushed in the production. Having all this in mind, I would still recommend it since it has that typical Franco-British wit and sharpness. It is s ...more
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france
Fun read to remember the French. Set in southern France in similar location to Kate Mosse books.
Jenny Cattanach
very entertaining, with many affectionate insights into French psyche
Feb 12, 2016 Christopher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bizarre and brilliant, can never get enough of Clark's work.
Jun 29, 2014 Joey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very funny.
But wouldn't read it the second time.
Will read the rest Of Merde installment.
Feb 04, 2016 Aggie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very funny book which I will be re-visiting at some point
Suraya Sajoli
Sep 10, 2014 Suraya Sajoli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely one of my favorite series.
Dark Lord
Pretty much on an equal level with the other 'Merde' books. Paul West is still likeable, the books normally have three or four real laugh out loud moments and are generally really good fun. They always make me wish I was Poolside or in a cafe in France to be able to sit and read them in one sitting. Roll on the next one whenever that may be,
Mar 17, 2013 Stella rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another funny instalment by Stephen Clarke. I have enjoyed the 'Merde' series but I have to say that none were better than the first one. It wasn't as easy a read as the others either. I felt myself distracted at times and found other things to do. In the end, it still made me giggle here and there but I don't think I would read it again.
Nov 04, 2015 Liza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It made me laugh out loud :)
Angel Serrano
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Jan 23, 2009 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book. Even though I had a pretty good idea of where the book was going it just grabbed me. Maybe cause I can relate to an English speaking person attempting to figure out the nuances of the French language. I would definitely read other books by this author.
Mar 11, 2015 Chris rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This one is simply ridiculous. I have come to the conclusion that the only Paul West book actually worth reading was Merde Happens. Dial M for Merde was silly, unbelievable and not at all funny. I will not be reading book number five. I think I've had enough.
Jul 26, 2011 Shui rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
ha. Same old same old from monsieur Clarke, I really liked his previous books but the Englishman in France thing is starting to wear a bit thin. Only bother reading this is you really like him otherwise too much deja vu.
Mar 05, 2013 Jill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was exactly the kind of book I was looking to read -- frivolous, with the occasional linguistic pun. I read some of his other Merde books, and was surprised to find this a mystery (I know, the title). Good snow day book.
Jan 06, 2010 Louis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france, read-in-2010
Fourth instalment in this comical series about a Brit living in France. Although the storylines are getting more and more far-fetched it was still a nice lifght enjoyable read.Recommend to anyone to needs a chuckle or two.
Lisa (scarlet21)
Feb 25, 2011 Lisa (scarlet21) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant, comic genius, had me laughing out loud with the subtle mix ups of English - French translations of similar words. Please, please don't pronounce bouillabaisse incorrectly!! If you want a laugh, read this.
Just poorly written. Has been 5 hears since I read the first two of this series. This was either written be an average ghost writer or my taste has changed a lot since.
Der vierte Aufguss eines ehemals lustigen aber nun natürlich total ausgelutschten Themas - hätte sich der Autor wirklich sparen können.

Schal, fad, uninspieriert
Apr 06, 2012 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour
"Dial M for Merde" had enough humour and plot complications to keep me reading. There were some very funny moments, and I appreciate an author who can make me laugh.
Nov 22, 2012 Tina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I need to stop reading self-published books as there were so many typos toward the end, i.e. drought for thought. Does the author not care?
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Stephen Clarke is the bestselling author of seven books of fiction and nonfiction that satirize the peculiarities of French culture. In 2004, he self-published A Year in the Merde, a comic novel skewering contemporary French society. The novel was an instant success and has led to numerous follow-ups, including Dial M for Merde (2008), 1,000 Years of Annoying the French (2010), and Paris Revealed ...more
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